Inclusive new playground opened in Shoal Bay

Inclusive new playground officially opened in
Inclusive new playground officially opened in

A new all-abilities playground has been officially opened in Shoal Bay.

The $120,000 playground in Bernie Thompson Reserve features three swings, climbing equipment, a net carousel, balancing rope and nature play areas, as well as bespoke adventure-themed play equipment.

The NSW Government contributed a further $12,000 to the project, used to fence the playground.

Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer said the playground has already been put to good use by the community, and he has received positive feedback on the new design and location.

“The brand new Shoal Bay playground really does have something for children of every age and ability, making it inclusive and fun for all kids to play on together,” he said.

“Last year, we asked the Shoal Bay community to vote on their preferred location, and it was decided that Bernie Thompson Reserve would provide the ideal natural shade and space needed for a playground.

“I’ve already had lots of positive feedback on the design and the location. Now, with the addition of the new fence funded by the NSW Government, local families and visitors can fully enjoy this playground while knowing their children are safe and secure.”

The playground was officially opened on August 20 by Cr Palmer and councillor Jaimie Abbott.